88S40599 BK-D
  By: Johnson S.R. No. 62
         WHEREAS, Brad Jones, the former president and CEO of the
  Electric Reliability Council of Texas and an influential figure in
  the state's energy industry, passed away on November 8, 2023, at the
  age of 60; and
         WHEREAS, Born on November 26, 1962, Bradley Carl Jones
  graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from
  Texas Tech University and earned his master's degree in business
  administration from The University of Texas at Arlington; his
  exceptional career in the energy sector spanned more than 30 years
  and included a notable tenure at Luminant, where he held such roles
  as vice president of generation development and vice president of
  government relations; in recognition of his leadership efforts with
  the company, he was honored with a Commissioners' Award from the
  Public Utility Commission of Texas; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Jones went on to join the executive team at the
  Electric Reliability Council of Texas, serving as senior vice
  president and chief operating officer from 2013 to 2015; his
  achievements with ERCOT led to his appointment as president and CEO
  of the New York Independent System Operator in 2015, and he guided
  that organization until retiring in 2018; and
         WHEREAS, In May 2021, Mr. Jones agreed to return to ERCOT to
  serve as interim president and CEO; in that role, he rose to the
  challenge of leading the council in the aftermath of Winter Storm
  Uri, which significantly impacted the state's energy
  infrastructure; he concluded his interim responsibilities with
  ERCOT on November 1, 2022; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Jones served on the board of directors of both
  ERCOT and NYISO and also held membership in the Gulf Coast Power
  Association and the FutureGen Industrial Alliance; active in a
  number of philanthropic initiatives, he was a board member for the
  March of Dimes, Atlas Scholars, and the St. Peter's Health
  Foundation; to honor his legacy, the Brad Jones Engineering
  Scholarship has been established at his undergraduate alma mater,
  Texas Tech University; and
         WHEREAS, Although the passing of Brad Jones is a profound
  loss to all who were privileged to know him, his dedicated work
  greatly influenced the energy industry in Texas and beyond, and his
  contributions will continue to be remembered and admired for many
  years to come; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the 88th Texas Legislature, 4th
  Called Session, hereby pay tribute to the life of Brad Jones and
  extend heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends, and former
  colleagues; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas Senate adjourns this
  day, it do so in memory of Brad Jones.